Through the PDP project I have been able to take a closer at
my music teaching. The use of portfolios and journals played
a major role in looking more closely at my teaching and how
my students are learning. The portfolios create an invaluable
collection of student work that the students and I can look at
together and then later share with their parents. The journals
enable students to reflect on the work that they have done….
what was learned, what was most challenging and what might
be the next steps. With music (and all of the arts) becoming
a core subject within the school curriculum, these student
documents and collection of work are critical to developing and
improving instruction. Students have more input in their
learning as well.
Working with an artist is helpful in my looking at my teaching.
Collaboration and coteaching are critical to music instruction.
Most music teachers, including myself perform outside of their
educational role, but receiving the input from another artist
helps to assess and direct instruction in directions that are
appropriate and rigorous.
I am hoping next year to take the musical theater experience
to help students work more toward team work
and move it toward more team work for the students.
The fourth and fifth grade classes were quite engaged in the writing of their own musical myths. They learned how to be a composer and how that role can be rewarding and challenging. They also were excited about their performance.
What did not work?
The sixth grade performance did not engage the students as much as the other two classes.
What questions do you still have?
What can we do to engage the more "middle school" mind set? I am wondering if engaging them in more roles of a performance would be more helpful.
What new ideas do you have?
Part of the pre and post assessment/survey could address individual interests in preparing a student original performance. It could also develop more cohesiveness and teamwork in each classroom. It has been my experience that students like to have a choice in what role participate in creating a musical or opera i.e. stage manager, costume manager, script writiers, orchestra member, singer, etc.